Web-Exclusive News

As part of our efforts to provide loyal visitors to www.ohcanada.com with news and views they can use, OHS CANADA offers web-exclusive news. These articles are posted eight times a year to coincide with the release of each print edition of the magazine. As is the case with OHS CANADA, web-exclusive items reflect recent oh&s happenings throughout the country. The articles below, from December through January, are current as of the time of writing and many are based on stories that first appeared in our sister publication, CANADIAN OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY NEWS.

Loss of awareness cited

FEDERAL — The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has cited loss of situational awareness and control as the likely cause of a fatal helicopter crash at Gull Lake, Manitoba last July.

Control inputs caused accident

FEDERAL — The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has concluded that inappropriate control inputs by an intoxicated pilot caused the fatal breakup of a Gemini Helicopters Robinson R44 helicopter northwest of Edmonton on January 27, 2013.

Police officer injured in shootout

VANCOUVER — A Vancouver Police Department (VPD) officer received minor injuries from flying glass following a shootout. At about 11:30 a.m. on June 10, a 52-year-old man was outside a Starbucks restaurant in Vancouver when he was approached and shot, a VPD statement reports.

Officer struck by vehicle

VANCOUVER — A motorcycle officer with the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) was sent to hospital after he was struck by a car.

Worker injury spurs fine

ESTEVAN — Calgary-based Sulzer Chemtech Canada Inc. was fined $14,000 following a worker injury last year. The company pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that any opening or hole in a floor, roof or other work surface into which a worker could step or fall was securely covered or protected, Saskatchewan's Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety in Regina reports in a statement issued on July 10.

Energy company fined

KISBEY — A Calgary-based company was fined $28,000 after pleading guilty to two occupational health and safety counts.

Two firms fined over injury

WOODBRIDGE — Two companies have been fined $90,000 each, plus a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge, following a worker injury last year.

Toppled crane halts construction

CALEDON — The Ontario Ministry of Labour is investigating an incident involving the tipover of a crane at a construction site on July 2.

Window, door manufacturer fined

WOODBRIDGE — Aluminum Window Designs Ltd., a manufacturer of aluminium window and door products in Woodbridge, Ontario, was fined $75,000 on June 20 in connection with a worker injury.

Metal firm fined over fatality

BURLINGTON — Samuel, Son & Co. Limited, a metal processor and distributor in Mississauga, Ontario, was fined $160,000 on June 16 in connection with the death of a worker nearly four years ago.

Cable Manufacturer fined

PRESCOTT — A manufacturer of high technology cables for energy and telecommunications in New Brunswick was fined $60,000 on June 12 in connection with a worker injury two years ago.

Officer dragged by vehicle

DARTMOUTH — A Halifax Regional Police (HRP) officer sustained minor injuries after he was dragged by a vehicle that he had stopped for speeding.

Suspect in bus driver attack arrested

DARTMOUTH — The Halifax Regional Police (HRP) said on July 23 that it had arrested the third suspect in relation to an earlier assault on a Halifax Transit bus driver.

Electrical contacts targeted

ST. JOHN'S — Six organizations in Newfoundland and Labrador have joined forces to address a major safety concern relating to electrical contact made by contractors working around energized power lines.